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(Posted 9:30 a.m., March 26)
Homan wins historic gold medal at World Curling Championships
By Fred Sherwin

After failing to get to the top of the medal podium at three previous World Championship events, Orléans native and Cairine Wilson grad Rachel Homan is a bridesmaid no more, skipping Team Canada to an 8-3 win over Russia in the final of the World Women’s Curling Championships in Biejing, China on Sunday.

The three-time Canadian women’s champion and 2010 national junior title holder had to settle for silver at the World Junior Championships in 2010; bronze at the World Championships in 2012; and silver at the Worlds in 2013.

(L to r) Team Canada alternate Cheryl Kreviazuk, lead Lisa Weagle, second Joanne Courtney, third Emma Miskew and skip Rachel Homan pose with the World Championship trophy after beating Russia in the final. Photo: Céline Stucki/WCF

In winning her first World Champion-ship gold medal on Sunday, Homan, along with third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle, became the first women’s team to go undefeated throughout the competition.

The Homan foursome was sharp from the opening stone. After blanking the first end with last rock, they scored a deuce in the second end when Homan drew to the button with the help of Courtney and Weagle who are regarded as the best brushing tandem in the world.

Homan stole another point in the third end when she forced Russian skip Anna Sidorova into attempting a difficult in-off against three Canadian stones that left a Canadian counter.

Russia ended up blanking the fourth end after they rolled out on a takeout with third’s stone, eliminating any chance of scoring a deuce.

Canada stuck to their aggressive strategy in the fifth end, resulting in Russia having to count a single point and leaving the Homan foursome with a 3-1 lead and the hammer in even ends which Rachel used to her advantge in scoring three points in the sixth end to take full control of the game.

Russia managed to score a deuce in the the seventh end to narrow the deficit to 6-3, but it only delayed the inevitable as Homan scored two more points in the eighth end after Sidorova was called for a hog line volation on her final throw, allowing Homan an open draw for the deuce.

Down 8-3 with only two ends left to play, Sidorova conceded defeat, handing Canada the gold medal for the first time since 2008.

“It’s pretty amazing (to be world champions). We worked so hard for this,” Homan said after receiving the gold medal. “We’ve been in world championships four times so it’s finally exciting to be able to bring the gold back to Canada.”

With one goal accomplished, Homan, Miskew, Courtney and Weagle can now focus on the ultimate goal of winning Olympic gold.

To do that, they must first win the Roar of the Rings qualifying tournament next December in Ottawa. It’s something that until now, they’ve managed to keep in the back of their minds.

Having won the World Championships, you can bet it won’t be long before their focus turns to their next challenge.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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